May's Conservatives heading down open road to Brexit

May, who will address a party conference for the first time as leader on Sunday, is "hugely bolstered by the absence of a strong and meaningful opposition", said Jane Green, a professor of political science at the University of Manchester.

May's Conservatives heading down open road to Brexit

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turmoil in the political opposition has given Britain's governing Conservative Party free rein to implement Brexit in its own way, but Prime Minister Theresa May is at the mercy of her own awkward squad, analysts say.

"Had the (opposition) Labour Party been able to hold the May government to account, we would, I imagine, be seeing more detail on what she is aiming to do" in taking Britain out of the European Union, Green told AFP.

Labour has been embroiled in a bitter leadership contest all summer and remains in turmoil following the re-election of leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn at its annual conference, against the wishes of the vast majority of Labour's members of parliament.

The party is also divided on mass immigration -- the key issue in Britain's June 23 referendum vote to leave the EU.

"The inward-looking incoherence of the Labour conference this week is best symbolised by the absence of any debate on Brexit -- surely the central issue for politics this year and for years to come," Tom Baldwin, media chief for the previous Labour leader Ed Miliband, wrote in the London Evening Standard newspaper.

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